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Pharmacy4U Faq - Truvada PrEP

Will this medication prevent HIV infection?

Research has shown that people who take 7 tablets per week have an estimated protection level of 99%. People who take 4 tablets per week have an estimated protection level of 96%. People who take 2 tablets per week have an estimated protection level of 76%.

What is PrEP?

Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV prevention is a strategy that involves the use of antiretroviral medications (ARVs) and safe sex practices to reduce the risk of HIV infection in people who are HIV negative. The only ARV approved to date for PrEP is Truvada.

Is Truvada a vaccine?

No. When using Truvada UK and EU patients should be aware that this medication does not work the same way as a vaccine. A vaccine trains the body’s immune system to fight off infection for a long-term period. Truvada requires that you take it during times of risk of HIV infection. Unlike a vaccine, this medication no longer provides a protection level after you stop taking it.

Do I need to take Truvada on an ongoing basis for PrEP?

No. People go through times where it makes sense to take Truvada and other times when their risk of HIV infection may not be so high. Due to their changing needs when their risk of infection may be lower, they might decide to stop taking it and choose a more suitable prevention option.

My partner is HIV-positive and I am HIV-negative. Is Truvada PrEP right for me?

Truvada is an effective HIV prevention strategy for you to consider, to reduce your HIV risk. It can be successfully used with other HIV prevention methods.

Is it safe to drink alcohol with Truvada?

Alcohol is not known to interact with Truvada so this medication can be taken before alcohol consumption.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you notice that you have missed a dose within 12 hours of the time that you usually take your medication, take the tablet as soon as possible and take the next dose at the usual time. If it has been 12 hours or more, wait and take the next dose at the usual time.

Does emtricitabine/tenofovir protect against other STIs besides HIV?

No. This medication does not protect against other STIs.